“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
What is La Passegiata about?
La Passeggiata is an evening ritual, an Italian tradition, a gentle stroll through the main streets, usually in the pedestrian zones in hours before sunset. Italians tend to dress up for la passeggiata and new romances are on display as well as new dresses or shoes. Passeggiata is especially popular on Sunday evenings. During the summer, some Italians even drive to nearby cities, the coast, or the lakes for a special passeggiata.
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by David F. Barker and Blaga Todorova

tonight these grey walls will not hold me.
a strange providence
has given this soft hour to live,
a pale rose for my button hole,
colour of my face, the moon,
who follows me coldly
through silken streets

there are a myriad arches
marked with quietness,
the sleepy waters hum
with the pulse of a sonata
and the glassy surfaces
of man-made stone muses, they call me,
dropping sparkles in the shadows

suddenly I halt by a sober light—
high above in baroque walls
a lone viola is playing
in its darkest flourishes,
muffled by the rolling fog
drifting around me
like a seminal snake

and duets of exploding icons,
sketched in the heart to dazzle the heart,
visions through the sturdy, irregular mist,
turn the gondolas into shelters for lovers
while the reflections of the indigo skies
are drowned in rain and the mind is frozen,
holding the evening stroll alive …


Thank you David for writing this with me! It was an honor!

Visit David at and enjoy more of his art and poetry.


'Isola di San Giorgio' by David F. Barker


© 2012  Broken Sparkles

22 Responses to “Passeggiata”

  1. deadpoet88 Says:

    Beautiful poem! Your poem has painted a very dream-like picture in my mind. There is something magical about just taking a stroll without any place to be :)

  2. abichica Says:

    wonderful poem, with that picture they make a mind boggling ensemble!!! :-)

  3. Tom Baker Says:

    A very beautiful poetic collaboration Blaga. David’s painting is stunning as well. You are so talented and I am so jealous!

  4. Alcina Says:

    I love the imagery created with the words..and awesomely worded creation :)

  5. Victoria C. Slotto Says:

    Beautiful collaborative effort of 2 of my blogging friends and a great taste of Italy.

  6. Eclipse Says:

    Beautifully done! Gorgeous poem and a stunning painting

  7. journeyintopoetry Says:

    Very beautifully written – I would love to be there!

    A fabulous picture to complement it too – wonderful:)


  8. Cynthia Ann Katon-Alfonso Says:

    Perfect image and poetry! :)

  9. Just A Smidgen Says:

    I’m a new follower.. just found you via this beautiful painting’s creator:) I love your image, the back story and everything about this post:)

  10. dragonkatet Says:

    What a lovely collaboration! You guys both did the city justice. I have never visited Italy but can only hope that my visit would be full of such sweet sights and sounds as this.

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